Ocean Conservancy Annual Photo Contest

Thank You

And the winners are…

Thank you for participating in Ocean Conservancy’s 2022 Photo Contest. Check out the winning photographs here. We’ll see you in 2023!


  • Submissions open: May 23 – June 12, 2022
  • Public voting: June 13 – 17, 2022
  • Winners announced: July 11, 2022


  • Ocean Stories: Incredible people live, work in and rely on the ocean every day making a difference in their local communities. Help us share these coastal community stories with photos that inspire cultural connection and mutual respect for the ocean and all sea life.
  • Human Impact: Whether it’s a storm surge due to climate change, or fishing gear removed from a local waterway, how are humans making an impact on our ocean?   Rescue efforts, trash cleanups, marine pollution, oil spills, etc. Send in your photos to inspire individuals to take action for our ocean.
  • Marine Wildlife: Goblin shark glamour shots? Sea slug selfies? Porpoise portraits? We love to see ‘em ALL. Submit your most amazing photos of ocean wildlife for your chance to win.
  • Spectacular Seascapes: From coral reefs to sensational sunsets, these photos will always leave us in awe of our ocean.


  • The Judge’s Choice—Our Grand Prize: $1,000 cash prize
    • Finalists will be selected by a panel of judges from among the eligible entries based on the quality of the contestant’s entry and how well the images convey the theme of the contest. The panel will select one grand prize winner. All decisions of the judging panels are final. You do not need to collect votes to win the Judged Category.
  • Category Winners: $200 cash prize
    • One entry will be selected by the voters as winners in each of our four categories: Ocean Stories, Human Impact, Marine Wildlife and Spectacular Seascapes. The eligible submissions that received the most eligible votes during the Voting Period will be deemed the winner in each of the four categories.
  • Honorable Mention Wildcard Winners:  $50-$175 valued prize
      • Thanks to our our corporate partners, Columbia and rockflowerpaper, five additional winners will be chosen by Ocean Conservancy staff as wildcard winners.
  • All winning photos will be featured on the Ocean Conservancy website and social channels. They may be selected to appear in Ocean Conservancy’s 2024 calendar.
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